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Creativity Explored

Andrew Li

A true product of his native Shanghai, Andrew Li (b. 1962)’s most frequent subject matter is cityscapes, machines, and groups of people. These subjects, like the artist himself, are almost always in motion, moving through cities rendered with a precise, selective attention to detail and perspective. Li joined the Creativity Explored studio in 1990.

There is little distinction between the form and content of Li’s work. All aspects, from ink-splattered process to finished piece, are integrated. What emerges encapsulates how the eye reads the urban environment; how it latches on to certain details and summarizes others, how it makes sense of all the dizzying activity encountered on a busy street.

In 2009 his rendering of a San Francisco Muni bus and its passengers was chosen to adorn an Actions REALized skateboard deck produced by Real Skateboards and Deluxe Distribution. Li's illustrations were also used throughout the San Francisco Muni Accessible Services Guide.

Li's work been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to a solo exhibit at the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, CA in 2009, his was included in Outside the Zoo, Art Museum VERSI, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA and Outside In: The Art of Inclusion, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland in 2013,The Museum of Everything: Exhibition #4, Selfridges, London, UK, Fresh Flowers in Boston University College of Fine Arts - Sherman Gallery, Kirksville, MO in 2011, one of these does not belong, Adobe Books Back Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA in 2008, Radiant Spaces: Private Domaine, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA in 2004, Dialogue Project at Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi, Japan and Hello There Friend, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY in 2003, Created in California, Berenberg Gallery, Boston, MA in 2000, and Bay Area Now 2, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA in 1999 to name a few. 

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Samples of Li's work





Selected Exhibitions

2017
Outsider Art Fair 2017, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

2016
Om, I'm Home, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Outside the Zoo, art museum VERSI, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Andrew Li: My Life Here and There, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2015
FourSquared, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
Outside In: The Art of Inclusion, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

2012
Creativity Explored at Ambach & Rice, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Are We There Yet?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
The Museum of Everything: Exhibition #4, Selfridges, London, UK
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Fresh Flowers, Boston University College of Fine Arts - Sherman Gallery, Boston, MA
The Masters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
4 Real 4 Faux Animating the Vernacular, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO

2010
Ritual/Habitual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Spectrum, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Tiger Leaping Gold Mountain, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Santos y Otros Creatures, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
Andrew Li, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008
one of these does not belong, Adobe Books Back Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006
Nature Rules, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Vessels, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2005
Aliens: the Green Ones, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
You Are Here, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Critters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2003
Dialogue Project at Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi, Japan
Fired and Wired, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Hello There Friend, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY

2002
This Is My Family, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2001
New Works on Wood, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2000
Created in California, Berenberg Gallery, Boston, MA

1999
Animals, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA
Bay Area Now 2, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

1998
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery , New York, NY
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Mark Moore Gallery, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts , Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA